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Ricky Rubio will not have a cap on his minutes any longer, according to Rick Adelman.

Great news. "They say he can play 32 and that's about what he's going to play anyway," Adelman said. "So I don't really think about it." Rubio has played at least 27.5 minutes in each of his last two games and has shot 44.4 percent from the field, a stark improvement from his season-long mark of just 29.3 percent.
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 10:02:00 AM

Noah Vonleh is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after having a bone fragment removed from his right thigh.

The procedure was in Vancouver on Wednesday and he should make a full recovery in time for training camp. The No. 9 pick of the 2014 draft came over in the Nic Batum deal last summer and hasn't seen his career get off the ground yet. He struggled in Summer League last month and the Blazers adding some depth doesn't help him. He's nowhere near worthy of drafting in most leagues.
Aug 31 - 3:37 PM

Jusuf Nurkic posted a 19-point, 15-rebound double-double during a 83-54 loss to Team Russia during the EuroBasket qualifying tournament on Wednesday.

Nurkic shot 5-of-16 from the field and 9-of-12 from the charity stripe while also adding two assists, one steal and one block to his stat line during his 32 minutes of playing time, but more importantly, he looked healthy. Nurkic spent a majority of the 2015-16 season recovering from knee surgery, but he figures to come into training camp in tiptop shape after playing for Bosnia at the EuroBasket qualifying tournament. He’ll make for an intriguing late-round selection on draft day.
Aug 31 - 1:03 PM

Chris Bosh (blood clots) wants to play this upcoming season, and he has grown frustrated with the way that the Heat have handled his situation.

Bosh recently posted a video to his Twitter account saying that he is currently "hooping," and followed that up with a post of him and Dwyane Wade after a workout with the hashtag #hardwork. However, the Heat have not released any information regarding whether or not Bosh is expected to be cleared to play, and there isn't a clear consensus amongst the medical community regarding whether playing on blood thinners is safe. If a doctor "that is jointly selected by the league and players association" agrees that Bosh's condition "is career-ending, or severe enough to put him at risk if he continues playing," Miami could clear his salary from the books, but Bosh would likely protest that diagnosis and he is reportedly currently looking for a doctor that will clear him.
Aug 31 - 10:46 AM

Warriors' assistant coach Ron Adams said he expects Kevin Durant to "blossom as a playmaker" running in Steve Kerr's system.

"He can play the point; he played point a lot for Oklahoma City over the years. He likes involving his teammates," said Adams of Durant. "I don’t know how you rank him in the pantheon of current players, but no matter how you do it, he’s certainly in the top three in the world." One of the things that Jerry West sold Durant on during free agency, was that he felt Durant's playmaking was underrated in OKC, and that that could become a more involved part of his game in Golden State's free flowing offense. His increased playmaking responsibilities could hurt Draymond Green a bit.
Aug 30 - 3:55 PM

Lance Stephenson will work out for the Pelicans.

The free agent has had a quiet offseason because not many teams have shown interest. The Pelicans were in the mix for Ty Lawson before he chose the Kings, so they're serious about adding some additional depth to their bench. If the Pelicans agree to a deal with Stephenson, he will be competing with Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and E'Twaun Moore for minutes.
Aug 29 - 1:21 PM

Deron Williams (sports hernia) said he expects to be a "full go" for training camp.

He said the same thing over a month ago, so his rehab must be going well. Williams had surgery over eight weeks ago and this means he should be in the starting lineup on opening night. His price will be low in fantasy drafts because of his durability issues, and he's coming off averages of 14.1 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 treys, 0.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers on 41.1 percent shooting.
Aug 29 - 11:26 AM

Stan Van Gundy said that he would like to reduce Marcus Morris' workload this season.

Morris surprisingly played 35.7 minutes per game last season, but the Pistons added a lot of depth this summer and Stanley Johnson is ready to take on a larger role. Morris returned 11th-round value in standard leagues last season with averages of 14.1 points, 5.1 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.4 treys on 43.4 percent shooting, but this report makes him a low-upside pick in the later rounds. On the other hand, Johnson's dynasty stock is on the rise.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 10:22 AM

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he would like to reduce the workload of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris this season.

"You’d like to get Marcus and KCP down a little bit, but they’re both capable of handling the minutes," Van Gundy said. "You’re going to do whatever gives you a chance to win, but I think we’ve got enough depth. Hopefully, if we get the improvement from people that we ought to, get them to more reasonable minutes." KCP averaged 36.7 minutes per game, so it makes sense for SVG to drop him below 34 so that a few extra minutes could fall to guys like Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock. To be clear, KCP should still be a nice target for owners in need of points, treys and steals.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 10:17 AM

Ty Lawson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings.

Darren Collison is still the presumptive starter in Sacramento, with Lawson running the second unit, and draft pick Isaiah Cousins isn't guaranteed a spot on the roster. Lawson's off-court indiscretions have tainted his reputation and he has plenty of incentive this year -- an impressive, drama-free campaign with the Kings could yield a long-term contract next summer, months before his 30th birthday. He's a handcuff pick in deep leagues, but most owners should avoid him on draft day.
Aug 28 - 11:20 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) said that he's feeling "a hundred percent" healthy.

Players are always overly optimistic when given the chance to self-assess, but this is obviously notable given how the first two years of Embiid's NBA career have gone. Embiid added that it's been "really tough" to be forced to watch from the sidelines, but he's obviously eager to get on the floor and contribute in any possible way. The Sixers have been incredibly tight-lipped regarding Embiid's possible role, and it doesn't help that the team still currently has both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor on its roster. For what it's worth, Embiid did say that he'll "probably" having playing restrictions, something we already knew was coming.
Aug 27 - 4:20 PM

Mo Williams is "strongly considering retirement," multiple sources told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com

Even if Mo Butta does not retire, the Cavs could rid of him using the stretch provision prior to Wednesday's deadline or look to trade him to another club. Currently under contract for $2.2 million for the 2016-17 campaign, Williams is considering going out on top as an NBA champion. Vardon cites a "desire to coach" and a "balky knee" as the major factors in the veteran point guard's thinking. For what it's worth, Williams was limited to just 41 games last season. Rookie Kay Felder is the only other point guard on the roster right now behind Kyrie Irving.
Aug 27 - 2:26 PM




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